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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Oct 16, 2007 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Crazy Show Stories

I was just listening to 10/16/77 today (a thread even popped up about it, how odd)


and i read this story from a reviewer:




Reviewer: tacks - - July 25, 2006
Subject: Awesome 1st show

I will use this forum to document the goings on at this show, rather than parse versions of various songs. I was attending Tulane at the time and the Dead were avoiding N.O. like the plague, so Baton Rouge was the closest they would come. When the show was announced, all my friends pounced on reserved tickets and those seats were long gone. Me and my close music buddy decided at the last minute to go to the show, and we had to "settle" for general admission tickets. We were feeling pretty - um, er... chemically enlightened - as we showed up and got tickets. I was confused how a basketball arena could sell both reserved and general admission tickets, but whatever.

Turns out that the bozos who bought reserved tickets had seats in the stands, while the maybe 200 people who bought general admission tickets ended up wandering around on the floor RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STAGE!!! There were these nazi-like student ushers preventing the reserved ticket holders from going down to the floor, so in summary, 200 people had the run of the floor of a major college basketball arena all to ourselves. My friend and I just lied down on our backs right in front of the stage and stared up into Bobby's eyes while he launched into the most stirring version of Terripin I've ever heard - it was a good thing. Almost like a private showing, and in the penultimate year of 1977 no less!




anybody got any stories like that?




I kind of have a mini one:

I saw the Black Crows like eh... Last friday night, and it seemed like it wasn't a hip parking lot scene at all... I turned a corner and I spot a deadhead! I made friends with him.. later he came to my brothers car and I, and he gave me two doses. haaa. I had never heard the Black Crowes really, but needless to say, it was a fun show.

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Poster: abilene22 Date: Oct 16, 2007 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

Here’s mine…

Saw Jerry’s band Resurrection at the Old Waldorf (San Fran) in ’79. While wandering around prior to the show I ingested a mind-altering substance and was in never-ever land by the time my buddies shuffled me indoors.

We get seated way up front, and right around the time the lights went down and the band took the stage for their tune-up a barmaid came by wondering what I was ordering for the two-drink minumum. Well, I couldn’t understand a word she was saying; she might as well have been speaking in Swahili. I can’t communicate and she’s hovering over me making a loud scene… my buddies are squirming, folks are staring (Lord only knows what I look like) when suddenly a voice pierces the darkness: ‘Ol Jer himself says, “Hey man, just get that fella a drink”. Much laughter ensues and I get my beer.

That’s how my friends relayed it. Funny, most of them never went to another show with me. I had a great time.

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Poster: alycabally Date: Oct 17, 2007 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

My computer crashed just as I posted, so if this a duplicate, sorry.
I the 80's, Gerge Thorogood sold out the local ten thousand seater with reserved seating. His crew set the stage at the back of the arena so those who had front row seats were suddenly in the last row and vice versa.

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Poster: Rezgeco Date: Oct 16, 2007 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

That is freekin great

--- a long time ago i was in front of the Long Pooch Arena and a dead Concert was about to happen.
I was in the parking lot looking for tix -- No Luck but some great guy handed me two ciggs.
i had a great time any way didnt get to see show had to crawl home...

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 16, 2007 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories


There were many acts of kindness at the shows, but nothing really extraordinary (quite a relative term) comes to mind. As for deadheads reaching out in the real world. . . . One time I was driving to Atlanta from Columbia SC, where I was in school. I was in my "look the part" phase, long hair and Dead stickers all over my--wait for it--white Celebrity station wagon.

From out of nowhere, some dude in a new Accord or some such came up behind me, too close for my liking. I veered right a lane to let him pass, but he shot two lanes over to the right and pulled up even. So we're neck and neck for a bit, and I'm very pointedly not looking over at him, assuming it's some moron who wants to fight or something, because my peripheral impression is of a frat type, short haired, buttoned down (like me now, ha), and clearly screaming his freaking head off. The funny thing is, I'm a lot more mellow now than then. I had something of a temper, you might say, and it wasn't long before I turned to launch a torrent of invective, then maybe recreate the drag race scene from the end of Grease. Bash, scrape! Take that! Bash, crunch! Celebrity wagon, motherfucker!

Well, before I could get a word out, I notice two things: one, he IS gesturing for me to pull over, and two, he's doing so with a foot-and-a-half long bong. Turns out he was a head, probably mid-twenties, clean by necessity for his job. He'd cut out early to get a jump on the weekend, and was just cruising around, jamming a show and doing bong tokes (real smart, I know, but such is youth. I had a friend who used to dose hard before his all-night drives to Louisiana, BT's and Butthole Surfers all the way). He got me set for the rest of the drive, and we parted ways.

So I guess having stickers might OCCASIONALLY work in a person's favor.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Oct 17, 2007 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

did the forum die?

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 17, 2007 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

No. SDH & WT and myself have been posting "in the Dark" today. You have to click on names to see posts - replys are not linked but you can go backwards up a thread by clicking see parent post.

Its sort of like being on a boat at night in the fog with no electronics - all you have is a compass and an air horn and pray a big boat doesn't run you over.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Oct 17, 2007 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

you know it had to die

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Poster: patkelley Date: Oct 17, 2007 6:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

When was Tulane a major basketball program?

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Poster: Scott420DL Date: Oct 18, 2007 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

This is not so much of a crazy show story for me as I was not in attendence to the show I am seeking out. However, I had a friend a while back that had thousands of hours of vids and audio. Anyhow, one day he sat me down for a session of chemical enhancement as we perused his vast collection of videos.
So he pulled out this one video of the dead performing outside, and fast forwards to Brent singing Tons of Steel. About 2/3rds of the way through Brent's voice drops or changes, or what have, it sounded like he choked up or something like that and then next thing I see is Brent turning his head off to the side, while still playing, and he's throwing up. Phil ends up filling in for the vocals. My friend ended up giving me an audio/audience tape and he labeled it Tons of Chunks. Needless to say, I no longer posses this tape and my friend has since moved and I am no long in contact with him. I am desperately trying to figure out what show this is. If you have any idea, please let me know.

I have the last dead base to look everytime played and I have scanned the archive, but to no avail. But it is still a pretty crazy show story nonetheless.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Oct 16, 2007 11:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

did I end the forum earlier today???


:o

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 17, 2007 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

apparently - i can click on your name and get posts, but there is no forum. curious to see if you get this, if so, I'll post a crazy pre-show story.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Oct 17, 2007 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

Maybe 1969, Memorial Hall, KC, Kan. Canned Heat doing the boogie, a naked man runs down the center aisle, jumps up on stage, knocks over all the amps,(the band didn't stop, amazingly) and is then taken off stage by the cops. A half hour later, he's out running around again, but this time the crowd is involved, and he gets nowhere near the stage.

Hard to believe the last post was 20 hours ago.

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Poster: alycabally Date: Oct 17, 2007 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Show Stories

I wasn't there as I think he is crap, but in the 80's, George Thorogood sold out the local 10,000 seater with reserved seating. The crew put the stage at the wrong end of the arena and those who had front row seats were in the back and vice versa. Riots ensued.